I’ve noticed an alarming trend on the running trails; running is beginning to lack community.
I am usually suffering when I run, even so, I attempt eye contact with an oncoming runner and at least grunt, “hey.”
What I’ve received back over the past several months is nothing. Only cowardly ‘look-aways’ or stoic ignores.
At races, runners are happy, they communicate, they laugh. It’s a social event. After a decent race, beer will be served and runners will exchange stories of that horrible hill, a cool piece of gear or the enduring heat.
Automatic Facebook posts from your run program don’t count. Actually, between you and I, they are super lame. Really.
Friends, let me lay this out for you:
When we are out on the road or the trail, we’re a team. It’s us against them.
It’s us against the traffic, the wind, the sun.
It’s us against the gnats who are making a swimming pool in our eye sockets.
It’s us against the mileage and the pace. It’s us against your goal. That hill. The rocks. Your mind.
It’s us against the world.
Enjoy your run, be communal, enjoy the community. At least say, “hi.”